Blue Badge scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme operates throughout the UK, providing a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems, who have difficulty using public transport. See GOV.UK to find out if you can get a blue badge.
In Eden, Blue Badge holders may park:
Free of charge for up to 24 hours in a 'pay and display' car park in a designated disabled or standard parking bay. Some car parks may have a time restriction in a standard bay. This excludes Princes Street car park in Penrith, where parking is limited to a maximum stay of 2 hours for all users. Blue Badge holders must also display a clock disc when parking in Princes Street.
Parking is also permitted in certain areas on-street, as indicated in the explanatory information issued with your Blue Badge. Please check the signage when you park, as some on-street parking areas may be time-limited and a clock disc must also be displayed in these areas.
On single or double yellow lines for up to three hours. (Except where there is a ban on loading and unloading, or where access is needed by emergency services).
Blue Badge holders are not permitted to park in on-street loading bays. The restrictions in force will be shown by plates displayed at the kerb side of the road.
Please ensure that the Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle dashboard, with the wheelchair user symbol and expiry date clearly visible. When required, your clock disc should also be displayed. For further details, see Cumbria County Council's web page on the Blue Badge scheme.
Changes to the enforcement of the Blue Badge scheme
To help stop improper use and abuse of the Blue Badge scheme, the Department for Transport introduced changes to allow police officers, local authority parking attendants and civil enforcement officers to inspect Blue Badges upon request. These changes came into force on 29 September 2006 and, should you be asked to produce your Blue Badge for inspection, please do so, as it is now an offence to fail to produce a Blue Badge when requested.
How to apply
Read the information on the Blue Badge scheme on Cumbria County Council's website.
- Apply for a Blue Badge online on GOV.UK.